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Mysore - Street scenes


Three street scenes that are a bit of an answer to Malgo's remark that my previous main picture looked different from the average market place in India.
I admit that I had decided to post the photo of the fruit shop because of its many colours but that shop was surely one of the more neat ones in town and perhaps not the most representative image of an Indian market.

On the other hand it is true that India is a rapidly changing country.
I had been to India before, in 1994 and 1995. But that was twice in the north (Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Agra).
A few months ago I went back to India bearing in mind my memories from the mid 90s.
But I didn’t find the same India anymore.
During those two weeks I only visited three places (Mumbai, Hampi en Mysore). So I haven’t been to many places. Moreover, these three are located in a completely different part of the country. Consequently, I can’t really draw conclusions for the entire country.

According to some, the south looks very little to the north. In the first place this was said by residents of the south themselves. In order to make a good comparison, you should be able to combine north and south during one trip. Of course you need a lot of free time for that.

Previously Gert has made long journeys through India and very likely he has combined north and south on one trip. But then I think of what Gert recently wrote: ‘I do remember Mysore as a remarkably neat and clean and well built city.’

So may be the places that I visited a few months ago, are very different from most of the country.
Anyway, for me India had changed a lot.
Now everywhere a middle class was clearly present and everything seemed much easier and cleaner.
I found that I also had easier and better contacts with the population.
Not that I had no good experiences in the 90s but then I was regarded by some as a source of income who could be fooled easily into believing anything. That has not happened during my last visit.

To cut a long story, vendors on the market are still often squatting or sitting on the ground while their products (including food) are also lying on the ground. So Malgo, do not worry :) 

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4319 W: 17 N: 10163] (41680)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2018-01-02
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/0.1, 1/21 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2018-05-10 7:25
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